Impatiens tinctoria

Impatiens tinctoria

This plant was meant to reach 5′ x 3′ Huh – in just a few months, our plant is already more than that and shows no signs that it is done. The flowers are 3″ across and have a 6″ long counterbalance that comes out of the back of them. I am sure that has a name – must look that up. The nodding flowers are white with a deep red throat and a small patch of green on the underside of the upper petals.

The stems look as if they are succulent or tender, and large deeply veined leaves. Deciduous in colder regions and has large underground tubers from which it re-sprouts if the shoots a frost killed..

Pronunciation: im-PAY-shuns tink-TOR-ee-uh

Species Meaning: Refers to the dye that women of the region collect from the cooked and pounded tubers to decorate the hands and nails.

Impatiens tinctoria is native to the high elevation Central Africa.

Cultivation Notes

Prefers cool summers, low humidity and bright light with average moisture.

Propagation Notes

Should be easily propagated from stem cuttings.

In December, just before a cold snap that was likely to knock the plant back for the year, I took 4 tip cuttings, about 6″ long. I put them in water, remembering how easily my mother used to propagate her Bizzy Lizzies. Leaves were stripped off the bottom half of the stem and placed in the greenhouse on the unmisted bench. By the end of January they all had roots on them and were potted up into 4″ pots using my regular soil mix.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P20052

Found in Tuxedo Lane,

This is the anchor plant at the intersection of Tuxedo lane and the main pathway

We acquired this plant from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.

Family: Balsaminaceae

Genus: Impatiens

Species: tinctoria

Height: 10ft to 15ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Half Hardy
Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
Zn7a - down to 0F

Resistant to Deer.

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